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  • Fema go

    Looking to see if we can start a forum specific to FEMA GO

    Specifically :

    Best way to get signed in

    Problems people have had getting register and how they have worked through it

    As people receive there notifications and work through the grant - any specific pitfalls or things to avoid.

    and anything else that applies

    Thanks!

    Chris

  • #2
    Once the webinar goes tomorrow you will probably get some comments in here but, if most are like me I am still waiting for FEMA to tell me about the whole thing first so that I am on the right page with this thing before I start putting out information that has not been verified and right now, nobody at FEMA is verifying anything it seems..
    Kurt Bradley
    Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
    " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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    • #3
      I posted this in the 2018 Update thread, but here's how it's worked so far when we've been working with people in setting up GO:

      To break down the government-ease language into real user language, here's how to get GO to actually go for you, and it's only 1 of 2 ways:

      1) If you are the eBusiness POC, stay here. If not, go to 2
      1a) Create your account in GO.
      1b) Under add your organization enter your DUNS and click ADD
      1c) All applications in GO should appear on the right-hand side. If not, might be in the pile that had issues on import and should show up when they fix them.

      2) You aren't the eBusiness POC, so whoever is needs to do Step 1. You need to create your own GO account.
      2a) After they are tied to the organization by Step 1b and the application appears, they add you as a Guest to the application using your email address.
      2b) Now when you login you should see any application they gave you access to.

      That's it. Much simpler than SAM which was the goal for a while but it couldn't be done until they pulled banking information from the applications. That's why GO is here, makes it more secure so anyone inside or outside of the organization like us for-hire writers can have full application access without needing to verify the banking information or have it at all to begin with.
      Brian P. Vickers
      CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
      FH.com/Firehouse Mag Contributor
      www.helpmewithgrants.com
      www.facebook.com/vcsinc

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      • #4
        FYI for Step 2 it's a known issue that after the eBiz POC adds you as a contact it will not show up when you login. I'm the contact for several now and none of them are showing in my list when I login, was just told by GO Support that they're working on it.
        Brian P. Vickers
        CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
        FH.com/Firehouse Mag Contributor
        www.helpmewithgrants.com
        www.facebook.com/vcsinc

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        • #5
          Just an FYI, today's award notices did not go out via e-mail or in the FEMA GO system. I confirmed with the Help Desk that the awards were indeed supposed to go out, but apparently the system glitched...

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          • #6
            I called the help desk this morning regarding my department?s grant not showing in GO. They said they are still working on manually transferring the applications that didn?t transfer automatically.

            They said if you receive an award, you will still be notified through the portal.fema page and by email.

            They also said awards will be announced on Fridays of each week.

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            • #7
              Ok, so I am not the Ebiz contact for our grant but have been authorized on the site. Our ebiz contact says that there are no grants showing up on our FEMA Go portal. Are they still uploading grants into the FEMA Go site or is this a bad sign for us?!?

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              • #8
                They imported using email addresses as the key, trying to match the application to the SAM eBiz contact so basically everyone who didn't have the eBiz contact as 1 of the 3 contacts in the application didn't match. The applications are probably there, just not tied to anyone for that reason.

                Don't know why they did that, easy enough to see beforehand that email addresses weren't going to match since that's almost always the case with municipal departments where the SAM eBiz is a Finance person vs the FD folks being on the AFG application. DUNS number would have been a good data field to use since it's unique to both SAM and each AFG application, even if there are multiple AFG applications since it's a 1 to many relationship between DUNS and apps by design. Either way, wasn't done, dealing with the effects, the rollout will be slow and steady and the lack of any applications showing at this point means nothing.
                Brian P. Vickers
                CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
                FH.com/Firehouse Mag Contributor
                www.helpmewithgrants.com
                www.facebook.com/vcsinc

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                • #9
                  Thank you BC79er!

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                  • #10
                    Where do you find the SAM eBiz contact? I am the only user and the Entity Administrator.....but can not find anywhere that says eBiz contact?

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                    • #11
                      If your filing is publicly viewable, if you just go to the search page without logging in and enter your DUNS then click on the View Details button one of the choices that loads on the new page is POCs, top one is the name of the eBusiness POC. No email addresses are listed so they can't be picked off and phished, but odds are you know who that is.

                      Most folks in your position used their own names as all 3 POCs when filling out the registration, so if you're logged in just go to View Entity and POCs is one of the choices also, which you'll have to do if the record isn't publicly viewable.

                      So if you are the eBusiness POC then you can just register in GO and then link using the DUNS like I posted above.
                      Brian P. Vickers
                      CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
                      FH.com/Firehouse Mag Contributor
                      www.helpmewithgrants.com
                      www.facebook.com/vcsinc

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                      • #12
                        Log into your SAM account, go to Entity Registrations on left column, choose existing. Click on your entity and scroll down to choose "view". Next go to "POCs" on the left column. That screen should take you to all your Points of Contact; the second one is the Electronic Business POC (eBiz contact). That email is the only one that will allow you to setup your initial go account.

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                        • #13
                          Will they be announcing SAFER Grant awards every Friday?

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                          • #14
                            Should be doing all 3, Sep 30th deadline is the same for all 2018 programs.
                            Brian P. Vickers
                            CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
                            FH.com/Firehouse Mag Contributor
                            www.helpmewithgrants.com
                            www.facebook.com/vcsinc

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                            • #15
                              Just spoke to a gentleman (GPD AFG Program/Financial support: 1-866-274-0960) about the migration of AFG grants into the new system. If your 2018 AFG grant has been migrated into FEMA GO system......you will be receiving an award. They are only migrating grants that will be awarded due to issues with the system.

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